It is about time I came out of lurk status, and introduced myself now my NB2 build is finished. Well, the first phase anyway.
After reading the excellent noob sticky post, I shall share a little detail about myself and the car, with no mention of lambo doors or daft camber anywhere.
My name is Martin, early 40s with a couple of children, and I live in the south west of England - in a county called Wiltshire, and I have had my NB2 for 3 years now. I have been slowly making it more track ready, with a roll bar, some suspension, and some proper geo and corner weighting.
I do 5 or 6 track days a year, but it also gets used as a sunny day second car on the roads too. My wife is convinced I have ruined it as a road car, less bump compliance and speed bumps are a challenge, but I have fallen in love with the car.
I have recently turbocharged the car in an attempt to make it even more fun on track, but this has been more of a cheque-book build than a DIY. I know my limits.
Ardler Automotive have done the work for me, a great job and I am very pleased with the results.
Best share a few pictures I guess. Cosmetics don't concern me greatly, so the car still looks very much like a relatively old, fairly rusty NB2 but the underneath parts are more important to me.
Plan is to enjoy it at this level for a while, then build an engine, overcome the NB2's 60psi static fuel pressure, and go a little further. Either transplant into a better shell, or move the bits over into a Caterham type car. I race motorbikes, so initially thought that this might be a little tame, but I am pleasantly surprised how rapid this is.
Oh, one final thought. As it is only right that an intro post should have a little self-depreciating humour in it, and to explain the small hole in the front bumper down by the brake duct intake, I attach a little Youtube clip of a track day pre-turbo. After failing to properly tighten an oil cooler fitting, and thus spraying the rear tyres with a fine mist of oil, the inevitable happened. At 3.36, you get to see the turn-in cone I managed to re-locate convincingly, adding the hole in the front bumper.
Specification, courtesy of Ardler:
- 245bhp at the hubs, at 16psi.
- Standard VVT engine.
- e_1 manifold for Tial V-band housing and Tial MV-S external wastegate
- e_1 3" down pipe with re-introduced wastegate dump
- Garrett GTX2860RS with uprated metal bearing carriers and stainless heat shield
- Tial MV-S 38mm external wastegate with .4bar spring fitted
- Pierburg high-frequency boost solenoid
- Custom centre section reduces to 2.5" for Flyin' Miata catalytic converter
- Stock rear exhaust section (cat-back)
- Vibrant intercooler from Fab9
- Fully TIG welded hard-piped intercooler run
- Tial Q50 BOV
- Flyin' Miata Stage 1 clutch
- EV14 620cc/min fuel injectors
- Vishnu dual feed fuel rail
- MsLabs Basic MS3 with closed loop fuel and knock control enabled (and setup on dyno)